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Unilorin to get diagnostic centre soon THIS WEEK v Unilorin hosts 13th NISEB Conference v VC seeks better ties with NIM v Don seeks alternative funding source

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for varsities v Omoniyi blames poor reading culture on laziness v Unilorin Distance Learning programme takes off v Unilorin in the News v Five years after

p.5 p.6 p.7 p.10 p.12 The VC with the CEO, Delexis, Mr. Alaofin, after the meeting last Wednesday

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well-equipped medical diagnostic centre will soon be established at the University of Ilorin to ensure that Nigerians don't have to go abroad for medical check-ups and diagnosis. This was disclosed last Wednesday (February 13, 2013) during a meeting between the University

management and a US-based foundation, PROJECT C.U.R.E. facilitated by another American health solutions company, Delexis Healthcare Solutions. The meeting was attended by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, all the Principal Officers, Deans and Directors. (Contd. on page 3)

Stakeholders give kudos to Unilorin Bulletin By Fatima Abubakre

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s Unilorin Bulletin marks its fifth anniversary of unbroken weekly production, some members of the University community have praised the consistency, production quality, and juicy editorial content of the newsletter these past five years while also making suggestions for further improvement. The Bulletin, a publication of the Office of the ViceChancellor, has undergone tremendous transformation over the years since it debutted on March 31, 1976 as a two-page monthly publication, with no illustration, to a 12-page weekly publication since February 18, 2008. The Registrar-designate, Mr. Emmanuel Dada Obafemi, said, “When I joined this University many years ago as Information Officer, we were the ( Contd. on page 4) EDITORIAL BOARD

Dr. M. A. Adedimeji (Chairman), Dr. S. B. Olajide, Dr. L. A. Azeez, Mrs. F. R. Aliyu-Ibrahim, M rs. R. A. Adimula, K. I. Akogun (Secretary)


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The acting Chairman,NIM, Unillorin chapter, Prof. A.Y Abdulkareem presenting a souvenirs to the VC during the NIM's courtesy visit

L-R: The DVC (Acad), Prof. Bayo Lawal; Registrar, Mrs. O. O. Oyeyemi; the VC, Prof. Ambali; the DVC (Management Services), Prof. Y. Fakunle and the VC (RTI), Prof. F. Oladele at the meeting with PROJECT C.U.R.E. team

R-L: Prof. Abdulkareem; the DVC (RTI), Prof Oladele; the VC, Prof. Ambali; and the Registrardesignate, Mr. E.D. Obafemi during the NIM's visit to the VC

L-R The University Librarian, Dr. Omoniyi; the DVC (Academic), Prof. Bayo Lawal; the Registrar-designate, Mr. E. D. Obafemi, the VC, Prof. Ambali and the DVC (RTI), Prof. F. Oladele, during the NIM executives’ visit

L-R The DVC (Management Services), Prof Y. Fakunle; the VC, Prof. Ambali; the CEO, Delexis, Mr. Alaofin and the DVC (RTI), Prof. F. Oladele during the meeting

The Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. Ambali with his new official car


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Ambali hails US firms’ proposal on diagnostic centre (Contd. from front page) Speaking during the meeting, the ViceChancellor said he was delighted to have the Chief Executive Officer of Delexis Healthcare Solutions, Mr. Tunde Alaofin, in the University, pointing out that he looked forward to partnering the American company in the areas of ICT and health. Prof. Ambali stressed that having a diagnostic centre that would save Nigerians from going to such countries as United States, United Kingdom and Germany for medical treatments would be a very good development. The Vice-Chancellor noted that the completion and commencement of full operations by the University Dental Centre was a testament that it is possible to have state-of-the-art facilities in the country and avoid wasting money travelling abroad. He noted that PROJECT C.U.R.E. and Delexis are very important to the University as they would facilitate the procurement of the necessary equipment for the Diagnostic Centre. In his remarks, the CEO of Delexis Healthcare Solutions, Mr. Alaofin, said it was really good returning to his country to help in every way possible, explaining that the objective of the project is to help health institutions in developing countries to be better equipped with well-trained personnel.

Mr. Alaofin said the two organisations would commence work on the project by first carrying out a needs assessment and interacting with health stakeholders in the University health institutions, adding that the Vice-Chancellor and the University medical team would later be invited to the United States after which the shipment of the required diagnostic equipment would commence. PROJECT C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) was founded in 1987 to help meet the needs for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world. The organisation builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the medical supplies and equipment needed by medical personnel to deliver healthcare to their communities. Since its inception, PROJECT C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to needy people in more than 120 countries. Delexis Healthcare Solutions, on the other hand, is a US-based medical and business management consulting firm that provides comprehensive and innovative solutions to international healthcare organisations and governments. It was founded by industry veterans with over 20 years of experience in areas including practice management, EMR, Healthcare IT, communications systems and networks.

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Unilorin hosts 13 NISEB conference By Mustafa Abubakar

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he University of Ilorin chapter of the Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology (NISEB), will host the th 13 Annual Scientific Conference of NISEB between March 5 and 8, 2013. A statement by the Chairman and Secretary, Local Organizing Committee, Prof. M.A. Belewu and Dr. L. A. Olatunji respectively, said the conference, tagged, “Science: A Tool for Sustainable Development”, will hold at the University Auditorium. The statement added that the conference would showcase the excellence of science, provide great networking opportunities and bring together scientific researchers in life sciences from all over the country and other parts of the world. The keynote speaker at the conference is Prof. A. J. Afolayan of the University of Forth Hare, South Africa while Prof. Vincent A. Tenebe, the Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and Prof. Ayotunde S. Adeagbo of the Commonwealth Medical College, USA, will be

plenary speakers. According to the statement, the speakers “will address timely issues and highlight current trends with the scope of the conference theme.” “There will be oral and poster presentations from across disciplines featuring a number of current global topical issues (sub-themes); food, security, green chemistry, biotechnology and bioinformatics, drug development, ethno-medicine, and environmental science”, the statement added. The Committee stated further that the international conference is a home-coming event that should be embraced and celebrated by all members of University of Ilorin community since NISEB was founded about 20 years ago at the institution. “All papers presented will be peer reviewed and quality papers will be published in NISEB journals”, the statement added. The Nigerian Society for Experiential Biology (NISEB) is a multi-disciplinary professional body of life scientists from the academia, industry, government agencies, and research institutes in Nigeria.

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publishers of Unilorin Bulletin. Then it was very inconsistent because we were bringing it out monthly as the occasion arose; but in the last five years it's been a very wonderful thing that Unilorin Bulletin Editorial Board and all the staff have been doing because there is no passing Monday of every week that the Bulletin does not come out which shows that the University of Ilorin is more publicised and it is more in the news than it used to be in those days. No wonder then that every day you open a newspaper there is always something about the University of Ilorin. “What excites me most is that even without people applying, you get to fish out people's birthdays and this makes members of the University community to have a sense of belonging. All I will suggest is that let the rebranding be consistent; let it also not lose its content because I know that for every bit of the Bulletin, you almost know everything about the University. I want to commend the people who are in charge of Unilorin Bulletin – the Editorial Board, all workers and correspondents for doing a very great job.” Also commending the consistency with which the Bulletin has been produced in the last five years, Prof. R.D. Abubakre, a former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and former Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, said, “The people to appreciate for the transformation of the Unilorin Bulletin are people like Prof. Victoria Alabi, Dr Mahfouz Adedimeji, (former Deputy Director of Corporate Affairs and current Chairman of the Editorial Board) and Mr Kunle Akogun, the Deputy Director of the Directorate of Corporate Affairs.” He noted that “one quality of the Bulletin since the time this crop of people have been on board is that it has never failed to appear at the beginning of any week.” Prof. Abubakre said, “I never fail reading them on any issue. Your Fast Facts, Laugh Lines, and your quotable quotes. Of course, Unilorin in the News is another good one because it is a record of today and the future. “I also like the 'Alma Mater' because the writer is well trained and he does things with dignity and decorum

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that is why he has been able to sustain the tempo. He is a powerful writer and a powerful arguer. Also, the fact that the 'Alma mater' comes out almost every week means that the person writing it is a mine of information and is totally committed to the Bulletin. “The editorial work is also commendable because I almost always read the whole of the Bulletin from cover to cover; I take it as a buffet. I was delighted and surprised that the Bulletin was able to capture my birthday; the page gave me the opportunity of knowing that my physician, the Provost of the College of Medicine, was born around the same time with me. It is commendable that you are doing it every week and the spirit should be sustained because you are creating solidarity among people”, he said. The erudite Arabic scholar explained that “proactive reportage will make the Bulletin command more respect” and cautioned against over-celebrating those who are in charge. On his part, the Director of the Unilorin Archives and Documentation Centre (UADC), Dr Abdulrafi Omotosho, who noted that Unilorin Bulletin has been useful to the provision of information within the University community, observed that there is need for further improvements. “I can see the proper arrangements of messages in the Bulletin. I believe with time, there is need for more improvements; but as it is now, it is okay”, Dr. Omotosho said. In her own comment, the Head of the Department of English and former Board Member of the Bulletin, Prof. (Mrs.) Victoria Alabi, said where there is paucity of information dissemination, there is bound to be misgivings among members of such community. “Unilorin Bulletin has been a good avenue for knowing about happenings on campus and happenings outside the campus. But concerning our staff. Recently, the format of the Bulletin has changed; we have people responsible for whatever they are reporting, we now have columns which is very good. So, we are improving by the day. It is just to encourage those who are there to keep it up”, she said.


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VC seeks better ties with NIM By Olusegun Mokuolu

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he Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has restated his commitment to the capacity building of all staff of the University by seeking greater collaboration with the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM). The Vice-Chancellor gave the indication last Thursday (February 14, 2013) when he received the executive members of the NIM, University of Ilorin Chapter, who visited him in his office Prof. Ambali stated that the University is delighted to partner the NIM to improve the standard of service delivery in the University. “I welcome you most sincerely. I am aware that members of your association are professionals that have been tested. We, the University management, welcome your proposals and we will ensure you work hand in hand with the Centre for Research Development and In-House Training (CREDIT) of the University”, the Vice-Chancellor said. Prof. Ambali tasked the body to come up with a training manual that would be suitable to the University community, noting that he would welcome any idea from the Institute on how to move the University forward, particularly in the area of human capacity development.

Earlier in his remarks, the acting Chairman of NIM, Unilorin Chapter, Prof. A. Y. Abdulkareem, noted that the University of Ilorin is indeed 'better by far', with a vision of being an international centre of excellence in learning, research, probity and service to humanity.” He explained that in pursuance of this vision, the NIM is encouraging all third-year University students “irrespective of their discipline to become members of the largest trans-sectoral professional institute in Sub-Saharan Africa, the NIM.” Prof. Abdulkareem explained further that the certificate they will obtain at the end of their training would give them an added value in the labour market. Thanking the University for the support it has so far given the Institute, Prof. Abdulkareem used the opportunity of the visit to congratulate the ViceChancellor on his assumption of office and Mr. E. D. Obafemi on his recent appointment as Registrardesignate. With the Vice-Chancellor during the visit were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Bayo Lawal; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. Felix Oladele; the University Librarian, Dr. J. O. Omoniyi and the Registrar-designate, Mr. E. D. Obafemi.

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or Nigerian Universities to be able to compete favorably with their counterparts on the global scene, they must seek alternative sources of funding instead of relying solely on the government or proprietors for their operations. The Director of Unilorin Advancement and Alumni Relations Centre, Prof. John Kolade Joseph, canvassed this view in an interview with Unilorin Bulletin. Prof. Joseph, who is also of the Department of Home Economics and Food Science, pointed out that the Advancement Office is a new trend among Nigerian universities when compared with foreign universities like Harvard where such institutions thrive solely on sponsorships from the private sector, alumni, foundations, international bodies amongst others.

According to him, Nigerian universities can raise funds from sources like the alumni, international organisations, multinational companies like Shell, and friends of the institution who are willing to stand by the University and make donations. “They can build laboratories, libraries and even hostels”, he added. Although he observed that it might be difficult to raise sponsors in Nigeria when compared with other developed economies, he said, “We have to make them realise that their money will be used in a judicious manner. In developed countries, people even will their legacies to Universities”. While noting that it is a mutually beneficial relationship between the ivory tower and the organisations who contribute their quota, Prof. Joseph said, “We are going to have a roll of honour for those who have donated to the University; we will recognise them during special occasions like the convocation ceremonies.”

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Omoniyi blames poor reading culture on laziness By Fatima Abubakre and Margaret Innocent

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parents cannot teach he University of reading.” Ilorin Librarian, The University Librarian Dr Joseph noted, “I think if you have Olusegun Omoniyi, has a systemic problem, then identified laziness on the part the solution has to be of students as one of the systemic, because if you factors responsible for the want to treat this problem poor reading culture in the in isolation, after which society. you will treat the other, it Making this observation means that before you in an interview with Unilorin finish this one, another B u l l e t i n l a s t Tu e s d a y problem will come up (February 12, 2013), Dr. again.” Omoniyi said the problem of Dr Omoniyi, who poor reading culture is a observed that teachers systemic problem that who cannot read cannot requires a systemic approach teach reading effectively, to address it. enjoined parents to ensure According to the Dr. Omoniyi University Librarian, the Western society is a literate that their wards read at least a chapter of a book per day. He said, “I remember during our own time, people one, but the African society is still predominantly oral liked to read Hadley Chase, which is romantic, but where most people spread information through the word written in fine English; you identify a particular of mouth than through writing. material, call your child, let the child sit beside you and He said, “Don't forget, reading is foreign to us. then you ask him or her to read and then you listen, by Reading is based on the alphabets and the context of alphabet is foreign to us. It is Western-oriented. For the the time you are able to do that we solve the problem of western world, because their culture is basically literate, the home front.” While noting that the government, as a regulatory they talk less but they write more. But the opposite is the body, cannot regulate people’s reading culture, Dr case with us. Therefore, when you talk of reading, an average African child will like to sit down and listen to Omoniyi charged the government to ensure that curriculum planners restore reading hours in the schools' you than for him to sit and begin to write. One thing is very clear, since we have imbibed the culture of the curriculum. He said, “When I was in primary school, we used to white man; his educational system, we need to imbibe have 30 or 45 minutes reading periods; I don't know every impediment including reading.” The Librarian said, “Part of the factors responsible whether they still maintain that”. Dr. Omoniyi lamented that many schools keep for poor level of reading among our people and our changing books frequently. saying, “The books you use children today is laziness. I used to ask people, 'how many novels have you read this week?' We are talking this year, you are not sure if your younger ones will be about the children, what about the parents? We have able to use them next year.” He said that “the content of the book also matters”, Professors, we have Ph.D. holders, but how well do they stressing that “the book should not project foreign read?” While making reference to a political debate in the cultures, whatever you want to read should project our Third Republic, Dr Omoniyi noted that an academic own culture primarily.” Dr. Omoniyi, who assumed duty as the University claimed to have stopped reading newspapers the , Librarian on October 15, 2012, said his vision is to make moment he became a Professor. “How can somebody the University of Ilorin Library rank as one of the best like that train his children to read?” he queried. According to him, “It is a plethora of factors: globally in resource management and service delivery to laziness on the part of the children, then failure on the local, national and international communities. part of the literate parents and of course the illiterate

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Unilorin Distance Learning programme takes off By Mubarak Oladosu

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he Director of the University of Ilorin Centre for Open and Distance Learning (CODL), Prof. M.O. Yusuf, has described the Open and Distance Learning programme of the University of Ilorin as a test case for online learning in the country. Prof. Yusuf, who disclosed this last Tuesday (February 12, 2013) in an interview with Unilorin Bulletin, noted that the Centre actively took off last month with 13 students on the Post Doctoral Diploma in Education (PDDE) programme. Describing the pioneer students as experienced lecturers who are self motivated to improve on their competencies, Prof. Yusuf added that the students of the pilot programme comprise Ph.D. holders and professors, eleven of whom are staff of the University of Ilorin with one student outside Kwara State. The Professor of Educational Technology explained that the “Centre for Open Distance Learning is an outreach centre of the University set up to provide access to would-be learners to have pedagogical and other professional skills outside the four walls of the University while meeting the requirements of the Teachers Registration Council and the National Universities Commission.� He disclosed that the PDDE programme is fully online with the students accessing their materials online in their virtual classrooms, noting that in open and distance learning, materials are made available ahead of time online and students interact with their lecturers via social media and the students may also test themselves and reach their classmates online. The scholar revealed that the University will soon commence its online Postgraduate Diploma in Education around April and also its online undergraduate degrees before the end of the year, noting that these two programme would be blended rather than being fully online. According to Prof. Yusuf, the students will not just be consumers but they will be what he called prosumers as they will be required to upload their assignments and researches. He added that all members of the class will be participants in the activities of other members of the class while the lecturer may upload relevant video and refer

Prof. Yusuf students to materials online. Prof. Yusuf noted that the new system creates a community of practice which is a departure from the onstage teacher-centered method to student-centered learning and it is unprecedented in the Nigerian university system. He disclosed that there would be study centres for the PGDE and the undergraduate programmes in towns where there are certain number of students. On the advantage of the programme, the academic observed that the ODL system is more cost effective as the current students made total payment that is less than N70,000.00 for the 12 month duration of their PDDE programme. He also noted that the students can learn in the comfort of their homes and avoid the risk of travelling while having support of the Centre through their course advisers with whom they can discuss their objectives and challenges. Prof. Yusuf said that both academic and non academic University staff have the opportunity to write courseware for ODL courses and some would be outsourced and subjected to quality control like the internally generated courseware.

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UNILORIN WEEKLY FINANCIAL DIGEST SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS & PAYMENTS FOR THE PERIOD 7th Feb. to 14th Feb. 2013 RECEIPTS Academic Transcript Scroll Order of Proceedings Academic Gown Contractor Registration fees Staff I.D. Card/Lanyard T-Shirt Change of Course Late Screening Verification Housing Loan form UPMB (Rent of Ground) UPMB( Rent of shop near conference) Student I.D. Card Undergraduate Student Charges Remedial Acceptance fees Total Receipts for the Period PAYMENT Payment to contractors/suppliers: BASG BASG VS UNILORIN Rockfield Supply of Petrol Nanet Hotels Hotel Expenses. COSOFT Systems Nig Ltd Teaching Material Other Payments: Various i.e . Security related, Refund etc Purchase Advance Council member Honorarium Salau Rahman Kayode Learned conference Odosote Jamiu Komolafe ,, Unilorin Petrol Station Mgt Board Supply of Fuel Fac. of Vet. M edicine Financial Assistance Admission Screening Committee Certificate Verification Works Dept Street Light Works Dept. Installation of Generator at VC Lodge Student Affairs Inter Faculty Quiz Total Payments for the Period Signed AYO SIJUWOLA BURSAR

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Two men were arguing about their sons' stupidity. Mr. James argued that his son was sillier than Okello's son. Okello however disagreed. So they decided to put their sons to test. James called his son and asked him to buy something for him at the market. The boy ran to the market without even asking for the money or what to buy. James said, “You see how silly he is? He didn't even ask for what to buy …or money” Mr. Okello retorted, “Is this what you call foolishness? Just wait and see. He then called his son and told him, “Go home and check if I am in the house”. Okello's son took to his heels at once, ran home and came back panting, “Papa, you are not there in the house. Mama said you are at your friend's place.”

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Ilorin Zoo has disclosed that the Zoo made N1.336 million on gate intakes from visitors in December last year. ('Unilorin zoo made N1.3m in December', The Herald, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, p.4) st Ø While delivering the 121 Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin, entitled 'The Art of Everyday Sampling', Prof. Isaac Olayiwola of the Department of Statistics has recommended clinical trials and medical statistics for drug control in Nigeria. ('Don recommends medical statistics for drug control', The Nation, Thursday, February 14, 2013, p.28) Ø Students of the University of Ilorin have implored the management of the institution to strengthen security on campus over the increasing cases of theft.

('Students urge management to tighten security', The Nation, same date, p.35) Ø The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has enjoined the Federal Government to put in place a mechanism for empowering new professional graduates as part of measures to reduce the number of unemployed graduates in the country. ('VC seeks assistance for new professional graduates', The Guardian, Thursday, February 14, 2013, p.28) Ø The Chairman of the University of Ilorin Zoo Management Board, Prof. A.T. Ande, has said that the zoo generated N1.336 million in December 2012. ('Unilorin zoo made N1.3 min in Dec 2012', Peoples' Daily, Tuesday February 12, 2013, p.9)

Quotes of the Week Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. Bernard M. Baruch

You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Mae West Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi

Good Grammar -

Crossroads is a singular word (e.g. The lazy student is at a crossroads).

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You congratulate on, not for (e.g. We congratulate you on your appointment).

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Use either comprise or consist of (e.g. The class comprises 50 students or the class consists of 50 students).

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You discuss a person, not about him/her (e.g. Tolu and I discussed you yesterday - not discussed about you).

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Say: you can’t have your cake and eat it (Don't say: you can’t eat your cake and have it).

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Say: more power to your elbow (Don't say: more grease to your elbow).

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oday, February 18, 2013, marks the fifth year anniversary of the re-branded Unilorin Bulletin as a weekly publication, providing a regular pot pouri of information, education, entertainment and documentation for the University of Ilorin as well as its internal and external publics. How time flies! Though this publication is as old as the University itself, with its first edition issued on March 31, 1976 by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, more editions of the newsletter have been produced within the past five years than the combined 32 years period before then. And as the University is always better by far indeed and in truth, this re-packaging, conceived some eight months ago but intended to coincide with this year and occasion, is part of the continuous efforts of making the University truly reflect its well-known slogan. The modern history of the Bulletin as a regular weekly publication began on Monday February 11, 2008. Perhaps, realising the significance of information dissemination as a key component of management functions especially at a period tellingly referred to as the Information Age, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor and former President of the Association of African Universities, Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, constituted a six-man Editorial Board that day for the Bulletin under the chairmanship of the veteran journalist, renowned editor and pioneer Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Mr. Doyin Mahmoud, who died on September 20, 2009. May His soul continue to rest in peace. At their inauguration that day in the ViceChancellor's Office, the Editorial Board members were given the mandate of re-packaging the Bulletin after the Monday Memo of the National Universities Commission (NUC), ensuring its weekly publication, which could not be done before then, and making its electronic version available to all staff and other stakeholders through email. The following Monday (February 18, 2008), the repackaged Unilorin Bulletin rolled out in five folios or ten pages with the headline, “IMESO offers a hand in Unilorin Radio Project”. (IMESO means Institute of AST FACTS FILE Did you know?

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Media and Society. It is noteworthy that the Unilorin FM project become a reality with its test transmission taking place a year after and it is also coincidental that February 13 is also now the world Radio Day) The publication, from computer print-outs then photocopied for distribution, witnessed considerable improvements from actual cord printing a few months after to gloss cover page in the same 2008. Colour was added to the first folio of the Bulletin from January 2012 for more aesthetic appeal, serving as an icing on the cake of its acclaimed contents. Since 2008, the publication has not failed once, despite the various challenges, and it has tried to even surpass the target it was given through various segments masterminded to whet the appetite of diverse readers. nd Indeed, this is the 262 edition since February 18, 2012 and the publication has inspired other Nigerian universities, which had sent delegations to the better by far University to under-study how the weekly publication is done with such a remarkable regularity. According to a critical segment of readers, Unilorin Bulletin is a Monday tonic and one-stop shop of obtaining knowledge, information and pleasure. The impact has been so significant that apart from the visibility if offers the University and the implication of its vast electronic access for the University ranking, some, out of genuine enthusiasm, even confuse the newsletter for a newspaper. Fortunately, the University has a newspaper and a television station in the offing. With the support also given by the University, under the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, who is also a Board Member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), the sky is just the beginning for the Bulletin. As this publication wears another new look today, the initial efforts of the Mahmoud-led Editorial Board, comprising then Dr. (Mrs.) V. A. Alabi, Mrs. S. S. Abdulbaqi, Mr. A. R. Ajiboye and Mr. I. Z. Aliagan, cannot but be appreciated. On the basis of those initial efforts, five years after, Unilorin Bulletin is waxing stronger and getting better. Happy birthday and hurray to the weekly Bulletin!

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue. A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can. A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a four-foot tall child inside.

To download a copy of UNILORIN BULLETIN weekly, visit: www.unilorin.edu.ng. For all correspondences, send your e-mail to info@unilorin.edu.ng Editor: K. I. Akogun


Unilorin Bulletin-18th February, 2013